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NATO member state threatens to shoot down Russian drones — RT World News

Romania will deploy radars and 600 soldiers on its border with Ukraine, the deputy chief of its general staff said.

The Romanian Armed Forces are ready to shoot down Russian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Deputy Chief of its General Staff General Gheorghița Vlad said on Friday. Bucharest will also deploy additional forces in the Danube Delta near the Ukrainian border, he told Swedish channel SVT 2.

“We have decided to deploy around 600 soldiers to reinforce our defense line in the northern part of Dobrogea,” said Vlad, referring to Romania’s eastern coastal region, which borders Ukraine to the north. The border between Ukraine and Romania runs along the Danube.

According to the general, additional radar systems were also deployed in the area and local air defenses were put on alert. Romania too “had discussions” with other NATO member states regarding its potential response to what Vlad described as possible “Russian aggression”.

When asked if Romania was ready to use its air defense systems against Russian drones, the general replied that they were ready to use their air defense systems against Russian drones. “ready to use all military power to defend Romanian territory.” The exact answer will depend “at threat level” he added.

The Romanian Defense Ministry on Thursday restricted flights over northern Dobrogea and in particular near the border with Ukraine. He also announced the construction of two bomb shelters in the Plauru-Ceatalchioi region, located directly opposite Izmail, Ukraine’s largest river port in the Danube Delta.

Earlier this week, Bucharest claimed that the wreckage of a suspected Russian drone had been discovered in the area. “If it is confirmed that the remains belong to a Russian drone, the situation would be completely unacceptable and constitute a serious violation of Romania’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added. » President Klaus Iohannis declared at the time.

kyiv said on Monday that a Russian drone had crashed in Romania during an attack on Izmail. The Romanian Defense Ministry initially denied this claim. Moscow has not commented on the incident.

Russia began targeting port infrastructure in Odessa and other Ukrainian Black Sea cities in July, following a maritime drone attack by kyiv on the bridge that connects Crimea to mainland Russia. The attack left two civilians dead and a minor injured.


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